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Migraines are severe and chronic headaches that can last for long periods. Migraines completely drain out the person. Common migraine symptoms include pain in either side or both sides of the head, pulsation and throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, overly sensitive to sound and light. Migraines can impair normal functioning in a person if it is very severe and does not cease. It is more common in women than in men.
A doctor may prescribe a migraine diet plan. This plan essentially involves eliminating foods that are believed to cause the headaches such as chocolate, cheese, alcohol and peanuts. The doctor or dietician will give a migraine diet list that will have the foods that can be had and the foods that have to be avoided. It may be difficult to give up several migraine-causing foods at the same time. Therefore patients can try eliminating foods step by step. At times, just by stopping the intake of one food, the problem is resolved. Sometimes, a main ingredient in certain food items may be thought to be causing the migraine. Therefore it is important to identify migraine dietary triggers and stay away from them. These triggers are foods containing tyramine found in many foods such as bananas, avocados, peanut butter, some types of cheese and yeast. Nitrates, salt, soya sauce, aspartame and other additives added to food also cause migraines since they dilate blood vessels. Milk protein found in milk and milk products can also trigger migraines.
A migraine elimination diet will essentially eliminate potential migraine-causing foods. However, what one patient needs to eliminate may differ from what another patient must give up. Therefore it is important to try different food combinations and eliminate foods step by step to pin-point the exact migraine elimination diet foods.
Migraine food treatment plan is advised as it has no side effects that may otherwise occur with certain medications. More so, the plan can be changed based on the individual’s needs. It is important to have small but frequent meals. Have a diet which is abundant in “migraine-friendly” foods, that is, foods rich in tryptophan which stimulate serotonin levels in the body, which in turn reduce the headaches. Drinking plenty of water is also important as it prevents dehydration. Keep track of the foods consumed before the migraine was treated and after it was treated will give a good idea of how the final treatment plan should look like. Following the right diet will not only help in bringing down the number of migraine episodes, in bringing down the severity of the pain, but will also help the patient lead a fitter lifestyle.
Apart from following a migraine diet, patients must get adequate rest and sleep. They must practice a sport or some form of regular physical exercise. These steps can go a long way in treating migraines. Some people have also opted for alternative forms of therapy such as the traditional Chinese practices of acupressure and acupuncture, massages and yoga postures. It is important to treat and prevent a migraine as it can point out to another serious underlying health condition. It should also be prevented to avoid other complications such as rebound headaches, abdominal problems and serotonin syndrome.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|